Interview with Director Ash Kreis (THE FANDOM)

THE FANDOM was the winner of BEST FEATURE FILM at the January 2021 LGBTQ+ Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

There have been a few films and shows that touched on Furry but almost all of them missed something that really was the driving force for me; Furry is a vibrant community that has been around a lot longer than most people realize. There are so many misconceptions about what furry is. This was my chance to set the record straight and share the community I love with the world.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

We made the Fandom in just under a year, which is pretty fast by production standards. A lot of that comes from our unprecedented access as members of the community and our ability to move efficiently as a production team.

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Chaotic Poetry!

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

For the fandom one of our biggest challenges was delivering a feature film on a budget of $30k. It took a lot of planning out shoots and interviews so that we could get the content we needed to tell the story we wanted to.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

I loved that we were able to share our community with such a receptive and welcoming audience.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

A few years back there was a special report on Furries by CNN. They interviewed 3 different subjects and took a very superficial look at our community. That got me thinking, as a filmmaker why don’t I cover the fandom in a way that others have not. That’s when my husband Chip, who has been in the furry fandom since the early 90s, said “You know, most people don’t know anything about the history of the furry fandom.” Most people believe that it was a phenomenon born in the 2000’s thanks to the internet. After some serious research and a few pre-interviews, we decided that we have something! That’s when we decided to make the film.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Probably a tie between Antichrist by Lars Von Trier and Burden of Dreams by Werner Herzog

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are your feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

Honestly I think it’s pretty solid. No complaints here. I’m really glad we were able to get audience feedback during the pandemic.

9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

Wildside by Motley Crue

10. What is next for you? A new film?

I am working on a Documentary feature exploring the transgender experience through a mosaic of voices (currently in post.)

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